Over-Parenting: Am I doing too much for my child?

Over-Parenting: Are You Doing Too Much for Your Child?

This is a somewhat uncomfortable subject, but there seems to be a concern these days over parents who “do too much.”

The problem of “learned helplessness” has reared its head lately, as children struggle to be independent after having everything done for them.

Are you over-parenting? Are you doing too much for your child? How can you tell?

First of all, be easy on yourself. Don’t allow yourself to feel guilty or condemned. Just take a look at your parenting and check out these tips, and make adjustments where you see fit.

1. “It’s Just Easier to Do It Myself”

Yes, in the short term, it is. Who has the time to listen to their seven-year-old gripe about tying his or her shoes – and act like he “can’t” by doing it wrong on purpose – when you need to get out the door or be late? In some cases, it’s better to be late…or anticipate this delay and allow time for it. Likely, it will only happen a few times before your child gets the hint that s/he better just tie their shoes.

Please note, though, that this will only work if your child knows how to do the task you’re expecting, whether it’s tying shoes or getting dressed or making the bed. If your child really doesn’t know how to do something, take the time to teach him/her first so that you both don’t end up frustrated. That brings us to the next point…

2. Give Your Kids Tools

Parents can err in two extremes – on the one hand, we do too much and don’t let them do anything on their own; but on the other hand, we can’t expect our kids to do things they don’t know how to do. The middle ground is giving kids the tools they need and then getting out of the way.

“Tools” come in the form of life skills, from preparing food to school projects to job interviews. If you step aside too soon, your child may not have the tools s/he needs to go forward with the task at hand and may give up. If you step in too often or too soon, your child may presume s/he can’t do it (or not care to bother since you’re doing it) and also give up. So a good idea is to teach your kids the skills involved and then step aside once you know that they know.

Sometimes, that means giving how-to details that can seem ridiculous to an adult but are necessary for a child.

3. Are You Fostering Internal Motivation?

Ultimately, motivation must come from within for true independence, say experts. Broad requests like “do your homework” or “clean your room” can seem overwhelming (think “clean your house” if you’re an adult! It’s a huge task when you phrase it that way).

Coaching and encouragement are fine, experts note; that’s not the same as doing the task for your child. Try making a checklist so s/he can see the steps involved in the chore or task at hand. Instead of “do your homework,” for example, you could make a list like this:

* Find comfy place to set up books
* Get a drink and a snack
* Write out spelling words and study list
* Do math worksheet
* Read chapter of book and write paragraph summary

You can break it down further, too, into sub-steps – whatever works for your child. Also, a list (preferably one your child helps write out) keeps you from having to tell him/her what to do over and over.

How do you teach your children things to do for themselves, that you normally did for them, around the house?

Let me know in the comments.

I hope you have a happy, healthy, and safe Thanksgiving.

I am so thankful that you took the time to read my post and I hope it helps you in some way.

 

 

Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.

The Absolute Best Christmas Gifts for Kids

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Every year when the time to start shopping for Christmas gifts rolls around, I am at a loss. I seem to always be the last in the know.

Firstly, I never know what is the “It” toy for that year. I didn’t find out about the egg “hatchimal” thing until about a week before Christmas last year.Everyone and their uncle

Everyone and their uncle was losing their minds trying to find that thing. Most of the reviews I read were somewhat negative and the majority said it took way to long to “hatch”.

This year I’ve done a little research and looked up the Amazon Hot Toy list to get a jump on the “it” toys for this year.

THE ABSOLUTE BEST CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR KIDS 

This first one jumped out at me and I really want to get it for Allie. It is really nostalgic for me 🙂

Teddy Ruxpin is back!!!

This guy was a staple during my childhood. Until he started to lose his battery and sounded like a devil bear. But, I’m sure they fixed that freaky feature.

1- Teddy Ruxpin – Official Return of the Storytime and Magical Bear

This next one is pretty cool.

Great for a child who is a logical thinker.

2- ALEX Toys Future Coders Poppin’ Pictures Coding Skills Kit

I think this one would be great for the young child who loves building models.

3- Kids First Automobile Engineer Kit

This is such a cute little playset for the My Little Pony Lover in your life.

4- My Little Pony: The Movie Seashell Lagoon Playset

Allie is a Paw Patrol lover so this would be a great gift this year.

5- Paw Patrol – My Size Lookout Tower with Exclusive Vehicle, Rotating Periscope and Lights, and Sounds

Uh-Oh this is another one Allie would really love from the Paw Patrol

6- Paw Patrol Sea Patroller Transforming Vehicle with Lights and Sounds

We might be in trouble, Allie also loves the PJ Masks.

Do you have a Cat Boy lover in your family? This would be a great gift for them.

7- PJ Masks Cat Boy Car

More PJ Masks!!!

8- Just Play PJ Masks Headquarters Playset

This would be great for your learning little one on the move.

9- Fisher-Price Think & Learn Teach ‘N Tag Movi

Allie’s Daddy loves buying our family members children Nerf guns almost every year. So, I had to have a Nerf option on my list 🙂

10- Nerf Nitro Flash Fury Chaos

I just had to include this one because I think it is just so cute and fun!

11- Zoomer – Show Pony with Lights, Sounds and Interactive Movement

 

12- Klutz LEGO Chain Reactions Craft Kit

Design and build amazing moving machines!!!

This one is so cool I might even play with it on my own!

13- K’NEX Kid K`Nex Budding Builders Tub Building Kit

This one is pretty cool and you can’t go wrong with a race car and a track

14- Lionel Mega Tracks – Corkscrew Chaos Green Engine

Having a toy with colors, shapes, and ways to make different sounds is a great teaching tool for young children. So, this is a great choice for a gift this year

15- Hape Pound & Tap Bench / Educo Early Melodies Pound and Tap Bench

I chose this because it looks like it would be a great, fun choice for the family game night.

16- Soggy Doggy Board Game

This one is a bit on the expensive side but if you have the money to spare and more than one child I think this would be a great little set.

17- Melissa & Doug Deluxe Star Diner Restaurant

This one is just fun. Play Mat and all Plastic Components React in the Dark with the UV LED Glasses or UV Pen Light. Make Cars, Run Them into Each Other, or into the Walls, Watch Them Crash and Fall Apart

18- Sands Alive Glow Sand Car Crashers Kit

I think this one is a great choice for your little one to learn colors, how to play a structured game, and the different animals.

19- Color Wooden Blocks Cartoon Stacking Game for Kids 51 pieces

Get this one for your little Mickey and the Roadster Racers fan build and refuel the car ready for Mickey Mouse’s next big race.

20- LEGO DUPLO Brand Disney Mickey Racer 10843 Building Kit (15 Piece)

A great set of tools for kids to use their imagination and “build” some fun.

21- Kids Tool Set, Construction Toys for Pretend Play-36 PCS of Repair Accessories & Tool Box for Boys and Girls

I have been wanting to get this for Allie for a few months and I think it will be a great Christmas gift this year!

22- The Original Blankie Tails Mermaid Tail Blanket (Youth Size), pink/aqua

I put these 2 games together because I believe they are a must to have when your children are young. Such fun games to play together as a family, no matter how old they get 🙂

23- Chutes and Ladders and Candy Land


24- IMDEN Magnetic Blocks, Magnetic Building Set, Magnetic Tiles, Educational Toys for Baby/Kids, 92 Piece

I don’t know any child who doesn’t love magic tricks and trying them out on their own. So, I know this is going to be a big hit this year.

25- Fantasma Toys Retro Magic Hat

 

This is my list of the Top 25 Hot Christmas Gifts for 2017.

Hopefully, you got some ideas for your children or your family members Christmas gifts this year.

Have you thought about your Christmas shopping yet this year? Are you one of the many people who wait until Black Friday or later to start shopping?

What is your plan to tackle the Christmas shopping madness this year?

Let me know in the comments.

Have a wonderful week!!!

 

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Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.

The Most Popular Family Halloween Costumes of 2017

I think that this may very well be my favorite time of year. The weather is (usually) cooler and more bearable. The trees and other parts of nature change in such vibrant ways. We all seem to get a little boost of energy with the brisk Fall air around us.

But, my very favorite part would have to be HALLOWEEN!!!

I love seeing all the decorations and the pumpkins carved into silly or scary faces, or even just painted with such artistic ability it is amazing.

The best part of Halloween, in my opinion, is all the cute costumes the kids choose every year. I just can’t get over how cute they are as little cows, pumpkins or princesses.

So, here are my choices for the most popular costumes of 2017, just in case you haven’t had a chance to get your child’s or even your own yet.

 

THE MOST POPULAR FAMILY HALLOWEEN COSTUMES OF 2017

First on my list, is this incredibly cute little cowboy costume. I love the hat and the belt buckle!!

 

I really love Mickey and Minnie costumes, this one is especially cute 🙂

This is the cutest little Superman I have ever seen 🙂

Wonder Woman is all the rage right now so I know this is going to be a very popular costume for young ladies.

This dinosaur costume seems to be very popular. It is so funny especially when the wearer tries to run 🙂

I absolutely love this cute baby-sized Supergirl Costume! I really like the headband bow and the little booties.

Here is a tasteful choice for mom… 🙂

And a silly one for dad…

 

You can even get a costume for your dog 🙂

 

 

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Has your child already chosen their Halloween costume for this year?

Let me know what they are going to dress up as in the comments.

I love to hear about all the great costume ideas everyone has every year 🙂

Allie is going as Shimmer from Shimmer and Shine

Here she is trying on her costume…

Have a happy safe and fun Halloween!!!

 

 

Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.

Kid Friendly House Cleaning Tips to Try Today (Guest Post)

This is a guest post by Michael from ThinkCrucial.com, a home improvement brand that helps people save money on replacement parts.

Kid Friendly House Cleaning Tips to Try Today

When you have a child, there is one more person making a mess and not cleaning it up, which can lead to some overwhelming clutter. While your child shouldn’t be handling toilet cleaner at the age of three or fixing light bulbs at the age of six, there are plenty age appropriate tasks your child can help with around the house. There may not be enough time in between all of the everyday tasks you need to complete to spend time cleaning, so here are some timely, kid-friendly tips for cleaning that you can try today.

Make a Chore Chart

Get creative with this tip and make a simple or themed chore chart. Your kids can be earning different items (made from paper) like Olympic medals or balloons, and once they’ve earned enough, they can redeem their earnings for a prize. You can make a chart online of different chores that need to be done and who should do them, print it out, and hang it somewhere that’s easily seen. If you put yourself and your significant other on the chore chart, you can even reward yourself for getting your work done and your child sees that they’re not the only one doing things around the house.

Don’t Use Harsh Chemical Cleaners

A quick trip to the store can get you some vinegar, hydrogen peroxide or any other child-safe cleaner. If your kids will be helping with the cleaning up, you won’t want to be using bleach or any other harsh chemical. Not only are harsher chemicals not safe for your child, but kids can spill it on other fabrics and ruin valuables. Hydrogen peroxide can be used to whiten, vinegar to get out smells, and other child safe cleaners can teach your child how to clean while not hurting them.

Have a Cleaning Competition

If you have more than one kid, you can give them separate tasks to clean the same room or different rooms as quickly and as well as they can. One child can clean up wearable items while the other cleans up trash and playthings, or someone cleans the living room while the other cleans the kitchen. Whoever cleans up the fastest gets a prize. The cleaning will be done faster and you can judge the winner by how well they cleaned up so they have the incentive to clean up quickly, but efficiently.

Make Clean Up Cards

Sometimes it’s helpful to put the different cleaning tasks in writing. If your child can read, make clean up cards that give details and pictures for what needs to be done in any room they’ll be cleaning. It can be daunting for a child to try to clean a whole bathroom, but if there are instructions written down, they can complete the task in stages to make cleaning more manageable. They also won’t forget how to do it if it’s written down for them.

Use a Song as a Time frame

Incorporating dance into your child’s cleaning routine can make the task more fun while also giving a time for the task to be completed by. You can have your child wipe up a mess they made, clean up clothes, or sweep while playing their favorite song. The cleaning is done quickly and it takes minimal effort to put on the song. Then, they can dance for the rest of the song if they complete the task early enough.

Try Your Best to Prevent the Mess

Child proofing your home is not only beneficial for your child’s safety but your sanity as well. Putting a childproof lock on easy-to-reach cabinets can help prevent a mess to clean up in the first place. Move anything breakable higher up so your kids can’t reach it. You can also purchase bowls or cups that make it harder for your child to make a mess everywhere. You have less to worry about if there’s not as much mess, to begin with.

Accidents happen, so of course, messes will be a part of your life if you have children. There are plenty of kid friendly ways to make the kids involved in the cleaning up process so you don’t have to do everything yourself. So try these tips to save time and get your kids to clean up after themselves. It teaches responsibility and helps keep you sane.

 

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Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.

August Days

CELEBRATING NATIONAL DAYS WITH THE FAMILY

AUGUST

 

Every day of the year has a new and wonderful way for you to bond with your little family.

Here are the national days for August that you may not know exist.

Marilyn Dalrymple created Respect for Parents Day which is celebrated annually on August 1st. In an effort to “make our families become united and strong by recognizing the leadership roles parents have, and to reinstate the respect for parents that was evident in the past,”Respect for Parents Day” was born.

This day was created as a reminder that parents deserve and require respect and for all to consider the value that parents have in society.

Let your children know all that you do for them/ Not only because you are their parent but because you love them and want them to do well in life.

National Coloring Book Day is celebrated on August 2.

Coloring and coloring books have always been popular with children, but in the past few years, adults have gotten more and more involved with coloring. I know I have many adult coloring books for relaxing and anxiety relief.

Adult coloring is now a huge trend and many are finding that it is not only fun but also a great way to reduce stress.

Founded in 1941, Dover Publications led the way, releasing their first coloring book for adults, Antique Automobiles Coloring Book, in 1970.

Dover now publishes Creative Haven, a popular line of coloring books specially designed for adult colorists.

Find a coloring party near you or participate online.

Spend some time coloring with your friends, children or grandchildren or by yourself.

Enjoy the creativity of making a picture come to life.

National Watermelon Day is enjoyed by many especially on August 3rd, it is a favorite at summertime events such as picnics, barbecues, and fairs.

Watermelon is 92% water, which is why it is so refreshing. It is a vine-like flowering plant originally from southern Africa. Its fruit, which is also called watermelon, is a special kind referred to by botanists as a pepo, a berry which has a thick rind and fleshy center. The watermelon fruit, loosely considered a type of melon – although not in the genus Cucumis – has a smooth exterior rind (usually green with dark green stripes or yellow spots) and a juicy, sweet interior flesh usually deep red to pink, but sometimes orange, yellow, or white.

Watermelons can grow enormous, and you will find competitions across the country which award prizes each year for the largest one.

The Guinness Book of World Records states that the heaviest watermelon weighed 262 pounds.

To learn more refreshing watermelon facts, check out www.watermelon.org.

National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day is observed annually on August 4.

This is a day to enjoy those tasty bits of chocolate in your favorite cookies.

For the same reason we thank Ruth Graves Wakefield for chocolate chips, we also celebrate her name on National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. For if it weren’t for her curiosity and invention, we wouldn’t hover around ovens savoring the moment the timer dings.

If she had never wondered what chunks of chocolate would taste like mixed into a sugar cookie dough, we would know the ecstasy that is a warm chocolate chip cookie melting on our tongue, our eyes closing in heavenly satisfaction and perfect smiles crowning our faces.  No, if it weren’t for Ruth Graves Wakefield, entire generations would have been denied the bliss that is a chocolate chip cookie.

Grab your discs and call up your friends! The first Saturday in August is National Disc Golf Day!

Requiring less equipment than traditional golf, disc golf shares the common goal of reaching each target with the fewest number of strokes, or to put it more accurately, throws.

Disc golf parallels the traditional game in many ways. Instead of clubs and a ball, the only gear necessary is a disc or frisbee. Starting from a tee pad, which is generally a rectangular area made of anything from rubber to cement or even brick, the player progresses down the fairway after each throw.

From where the disc lands, the player throws again and repeats until the disc lands in the target. As in traditional golf, the total number of throws a player takes to get the disc into the target is equal to the score for that hole.

Disc golf has been played since the late 1960s and became a formalized sport in the 1970s.

In the beginning, targets were nothing more than tree trunks or wooden posts cemented into the ground. As the game progressed, trees and posts were replaced with metal baskets with chains, with the chains helping to catch the discs. Those metal baskets, originally called a “Disc Golf Pole Hole”, are now the modern day targets with dozens of design variations being used with the same general idea and technical specifications in mind.

Disc golf is convenient and inexpensive as well. Adding a couple of discs in the mix when packing for vacation adds very little weight to camping gear or luggage. Unlike traditional golf, a majority of disc golf courses across the country are open to the public, requiring no fees, membership, or tee times.

As a growing international sport, the number of courses is increasing all the time.

In August of 2015, the International Olympic Committee granted full recognition to Flying Disc sports providing a global platform for Flying Disc sports, including disc golf.

People of all ages and abilities play disc golf. A great low-impact, cardiovascular workout that can test both physical skill and mental determination, this activity brings the whole family together for an afternoon of laughs and enjoyment together.

HOW TO OBSERVE

The Professional Disc Golf Association encourages you to get out on the course to celebrate National Disc Golf Day.

With courses in all 50 states, it should be easy to find a disc golf course near you and play a round with your family.

The PDGA Disc Golf Course Directory is a great resource to locate courses in your area.

Each year on August 6, people around the country participate in National Wiggle Your Toes Day.

By going barefoot, wearing sandals or flip-flops, show off your toes. Be sure to give them some fresh air and exercise on National Wiggle Your Toes Day!

Today, let your toes feel the grass, the sand on the beach, the water in the pool or the pebbles along the shore. Encourage the kids to wiggle their little toes to some music!

Observed annually on August 7, National Lighthouse Day honors the beacon of light that for hundreds of years symbolized safety and security for ships and boats at sea.

At one time, the beacon of light could be found across almost all of America’s shorelines.

A lighthouse is described as a tower, building or any other type of structure that is designed to emit light from a system of lamps and lenses and used as an aid to navigation for maritime pilots at sea or on inland waterways.

Lighthouses:

  • Mark dangerous coastlines, hazardous shoals, reefs, safe entries to harbors.
  • Assist in aerial navigation.
  • Have declined due to the expense of maintenance and replacement by modern electronic navigational systems.
  • Has a source of light called a “lamp” (may be electric or oil fueled).
  • Were originally lit by open fire and then candles.
  • Differ depending on the location and purpose but have standard components.
  • Has a lantern room which is a glassed-in housing at the top of a lighthouse tower.
  • Has a Watch Room or Service Room beneath the lantern room.
  • Has an open gallery outside the Watch Room or Lantern Room.
  • Development accelerated in the 17th century with Britain’s Trinity House constructing its first in 1609.
  • Earliest in North America was in St. Augustine, Florida.  Printed on a 1791 map, it had been built by Menendez after his landing in 1586.
  • America’s next lighthouse was Boston Light on Little Brewster Island in 1716.
  • The oldest existing lighthouse in the United States is the Sandy Hook Lighthouse in New Jersey. Built in 1764, this lighthouse is still in operation.
  • At the end of the 19th century, the United States had the most lighthouses of any nation.
  • The 9th Act of the first Congress created the US Bureau of Lighthouses in 1789, which placed lighthouses under federal control.
  • The United States Coast Guard took over on July 7, 1939.
  • Visiting and photographing lighthouses has become a popular hobby as well as collecting ceramic replicas.

Take a nice road trip with your family to visit a historical lighthouse. (If you are in the area I highly recommend the Cape May Lighthouse).

National Happiness Happens Day is observed each year on August 8.

So on this day… just let it happen. You know. Happiness.

Happiness is encouraged all day. Recognize every moment of glee, joy, delight, and pleasure. Don’t let it pass.

A flicker of a giggle should be given its due and should it blossom into full blown happiness, don’t be surprised. It happens!

The Secret Society of Happy People is an organization that was founded in August of 1998 and formed to celebrate the expression of happiness.

The society encourages members to recognize their happy moments and think about happiness in their daily life. They have two motto’s which include “Happiness Happens” and “Don’t Even Think of Raining on My Parade.” Their purpose is to stimulate people’s right to express their happiness.

Founded in 1999 by the Secret Society of Happy People as “Admit You’re Happy Day”, Happiness Happens Day was created to recognize and express happiness. August 8 was chosen as it is the anniversary of the first membership in 1998.

Observed each year on August 9, avid readers get to celebrate on National Book Lovers Day!

A day for all those who love to read, National Book Lovers Day encourages you to find your favorite reading place, a good book (whether it be fiction or non-fiction) and read the day away.

Bibliophile – a person who has a great appreciation for or collects books.

Some History about books:

  • The very first books used parchment or vellum (calf skin) for the book pages.
  • The book covers were made of wood and often covered with leather.
  • The books were fitted with clasps or straps.
  • Public libraries appeared in the Middle Ages.
  • Books in public libraries were often chained to a bookshelf or a desk to prevent theft.

Moving forward:

Book manufacturing’s recent development included digital printing.

Book pages are printed using toner rather than ink. Digital printing opens up the possibility of print-on-demand, where no books are printed until after an order is received from a customer.

E-books are rapidly increasing in popularity. E-book (electronic book) refers to a book-length publication in digital form. They are usually available through the internet. However, can also be found on CD-ROM and other forms. E-books are read either by computer or via a portable book display device known as an e-book reader, such as a Reader, Nook or Kindle.

Grab some books with the kids and enjoy a nice time reading together. Let the books take you to far off places in your minds.

It is National Lazy Day, so we choose to be lazy rather than tell you that this holiday is observed each year on August 10th.

Just sit back, relax with a glass of lemonade and enjoy being with your family on this lazy day.

Each year on August 11, parents across the United States participate in National Son’s and Daughter’s Day.

On this day, spend time with the joys of your life.

Let your children know that you are glad they are part of your life.

Share family stories, listen to the events of their day, their hopes, and dreams.

Enjoy every day you have with them and spend as much quality time as you can.

Do something special for your children today.

If they are at home, go for a walk or enjoy a local park.

If your children are grown, give them a call and remind them how special they are to you.

Saturdays and Summertime are the perfect combinations for garage sales.

That is why the second Saturday in August is designated National Garage Sale Day.

On this day, you will see people finding great deals at these neighborhood sales.

For those having the sales, this is a way for them to find new homes for items they no longer need.

If you see a driveway full of items and a sale sign out, stop by and celebrate National Garage Sale Day.

Daniel Rhodes of Alabama came up with the idea of having a National Garage Sale Day in 2001 after seeing neighbors having sales on different weekends.

Rhodes thought it would be more convenient if they all had them on the same weekend.

Left-Hander’s Day is observed annually on August 13th.

In a right-handed dominated world, August 13th is the day that left-handed individuals can claim as their own.

Approximately 10% of the population is a Southpaw. Scientists haven’t discovered why a person is left-handed, but it more probable that you will have a left-handed child if one of the parents is left-handed.

Make a game with the kids, If you’re all right-handed, try doing everything with your left hand and see who can complete certain tasks.

National Creamsicle Day is observed annually on August 14.

This is a day to enjoy this refreshing summertime orange and vanilla treat.

Creamsicle” is a brand name of an ice cream treat consisting of vanilla ice cream on a Popsicle stick coated with an exterior of flavored ice with the original flavor being orange.

Enjoyed the whole year round, the Creamsicle now comes in many flavors.

Here are a few Creamsicle recipes for you to make and enjoy with the kids!

Three Ingredient Low-Fat Creamsicle Cake
Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes

National Relaxation Day is observed annually on August 15th.

It is time to slow down, unwind and relax!

National Relaxation Day is an important day as we all need a break from the fast-paced and often hectic lifestyles we live.

Taking time to recuperate and rejuvenate our tired minds and bodies may help prevent many health risks. Like the founder of this day suggested, too much work can make us sick, run down, and tired which can lead to more stress.

It has been proven that stress can be harmful to our health, both mentally and physically.

Most doctors will agree that finding ways to relax and reduce stress will improve overall health.

What is your favorite relaxation activity?

Here are some relaxing activities:

  • Reading a book
  • Fishing
  • A picnic in the park
  • Walking along the beach
  • Taking a drive in the country
  • Spa
  • Golfing
  • Photography
  • A movie
  • Window shopping
  • Calm
  • Lunch with the family
  • Watching sports
  • Swimming

These are just a few of the many possible relaxation ideas that you may want to use to celebrate this holiday.

We are aware that not everyone is able to get this holiday off from work, so while you are at your job, do what you can to avoid stress and try not to work late today.

When you get off of work, take a deep breath, unwind, relax and begin your National Relaxation Day celebration!

What would be better than a day filled with laughter?

National Tell a Joke Day is observed annually on August 16th, and that’s no joke!

This day should be filled with smiles and much laughter from morning till night as everyone shares their favorite jokes. The more jokes you tell, the more fun you will have and so will those around you.

Jokes have been a part of human culture since at least 1900 BC.

A joke is described as something that is spoken, written or done with humorous intention. They can come in many forms.

On National Tell a Joke Day, try a one-liner or a knock-knock joke if you aren’t comfortable with the whole comedic act that can be involved in the short story versions.

Some simply rely on gestures to express humor. With humor, timing and delivery can be an essential element. Without it, the joke will fall flat.

Be sure to know the audience. Clown jokes may not go over well at a phobia convention.

In moderation, laughter is healthy, uses the abdominal muscles and releases endorphins (natural feel good” chemicals) into the brain.

Tell a joke, listen to a joke, get a joke book and get the kids to take turns reading a few… laugh, celebrate, have fun and enjoy!

National I LOVE My Feet Day! is observed annually on August 17.

This is a day to appreciate how valuable our feet are, to practice good foot care and pamper our feet.

Our feet are our primary mode of transportation. They quietly and faithfully help us stand, swim, run, walk, play sports, jog, skip and dance.

They take us to school and work. Our feet withstand all the things we do in our everyday lives and accomplish things our hands cannot.

Taking care of our feet is important for preventing long-term problems. Years of wear and tear can be hard on them, as can disease, bad circulation, improperly trimmed toenails and poorly fitting shoes.

Practicing good foot care is easy. Elevating your feet when you sit is a relaxing way to help reduce swelling. Stretching, walking or having a gentle foot massage aids circulation.

A warm foot bath is also helpful. Make sure your feet are dry before putting on shoes. Wearing shoes when outside provides your feet better protection.

75% of the adult population has a foot problem and improper shoe choices account for the majority of those problems. Wearing properly fitted shoes with good arch support, getting foot massages and regular pedicures can reduce foot problems. If you have persistent foot pain, consulting a podiatrist can help.

A good way to celebrate today would be going out and buying your children’s new school shoes. Let them pick out their favorite, most comfortable pair for the coming school year.

On August 18, we recognize a dish sizzling with savory Tex-Mex flavor.

It’s National Fajita Day!

Originally made from throwaway cuts of beef by Mexican cowboys/cattle drivers in Southwest Texas, the fajita was developed as a regional staple in the early 1930s.

These cowboys cooked the steak over an open fire or grill and served it with flour or corn tortillas. Fresh Pico de gallo (also called salsa fresca, made from chopped tomato, onion, cilantro, fresh serranos, salt, and lime juice), guacamole and southwestern spices elevated the fajita, introducing it to new audiences as it later became a destination food in the culinary world.

As their popularity grew, fajitas added colorful flair to Tex-Mex menus with sizzling platters full of bright peppers, onions, tender steak, shrimp, chicken or pork with freshly made tortillas.

By the 1980s, most Mexican restaurants in the United States served fajitas. In the modern culinary kitchen, lime, cilantro and many vegetables find their way into a fajita along with the perfect seasonings.

Grilling with mesquite adds a smoky flavor and bacon adds crunch. Of course, who could forget the cheese?

With their festive presentations, they continue to be enjoyed today. The fajita has come a long way from skirt steak trimmings!

This year National Fajita Day falls on a Friday so take the family out to your favorite Mexican restaurant for fajitas and start the weekend off right!

National Soft Ice Cream Day is observed annually on August 19th.

Soft service ice cream is the result of air being introduced to the dairy product during the freezing process.

In 1934 on Memorial Day weekend, Tom Carvel had a flat tire on his ice cream truck in Hartsdale, New York. After pulling into a parking lot, he began selling the softened ice cream to vacationers driving by.

With amazement, seeing the love that people had for soft ice cream, he concluded that a fixed location selling the new-found dessert was potentially a good business idea.

In 1936, Carvel opened his first store on the original broken down truck site, selling his secret formula soft serve ice cream dispensed from his patented super low-temperature ice cream machines.

If an ice cream truck frequents your street make sure to get some for yourself and the kids. If not, take a ride after dinner to an ice cream shoppe to get some soft serve goodness.

Each year on August 20th, National Radio Day recognizes the great invention of the radio.

In the late 19th century, it became clear that wireless communication was possible.

There were several inventors who had a part in the invention of the radio in the late 1800s and not just one person can be credited with its beginning. To make the radio a reality, it required a number of different inventions and discoveries including both transmission and reception methods as well as technology.

It was in the 1920s when the first broadcast stations began airing programs.

These first programs were those of news and world events.

  • Radio ownership grew from two out of five homes in 1931 to four out of five homes in 1938.
  • According to FCC statistics, at the end of 2012, there were more than 15,000 licensed broadcast radio stations in the U.S.

To celebrate National Radio Day, listen to your favorite radio stations and let the kids dance around and sing along.

Each year on August 21, there are various events and activities held across the United States in recognition of National Senior Citizens Day.

This day was created as a day to support, honor and show appreciation to our seniors and to recognize their achievements.

Their valuable contributions to our communities create better places to live.

For all they have achieved throughout life and for all they continue to accomplish, we owe older citizens our thanks and a heartfelt salute. We can best demonstrate our gratitude and esteem by making sure that our communities are good places in which to mature and grow older — places in which older people can participate to the fullest and can find the encouragement, acceptance, assistance, and services they need to continue to lead lives of independence and dignity”

~ President Ronald Reagan – August 19, 1988 Proclamation 5847

To celebrate National Senior Citizens Day, spend time with the senior citizens you know. Let them know that they are appreciated and loved.

It may also be a good day for you and your children to volunteer at a retirement home and share your smile with those who may not otherwise get a visitor today. Teach them that being nice to others is not just for those people but to help us be happy knowing we are the reason those people are smiling and having a good time.

National Tooth Fairy Day observed on August 22.

This childhood favorite evolved with a group of healthcare fairies during the mid-1920s.

From bath fairies to Fairy Wand Tooth Whitener, kids were encouraged through a wave of advertisements and health classes to eat their veggies, brush their teeth and get fresh air.

Esther Watkins Arnold brought the tooth fairy to life in an eight-page play-let in 1927 called The Tooth Fairy.

At the same time, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle made his claim that fairies and gnomes were real by publishing pictures of two girls surrounded by “verified” fairies.

Schools began performing Arnold’s play the following year, and children, primed with vivid imaginations, placed their freshly lost teeth under their pillows at night in the hopes of a visit from the tooth fairy.

Enjoy the last days of summer and the warm summer breezes on August 23 as you celebrate the annual National Ride the Wind Day.

National Ride The Wind Day commemorates the anniversary of the first human-powered flight to win the Kremer prize.

It was on August 23rd of 1977 that the Gossamer Condor 2, flew the first figure-eight course specified by the Royal Aeronautical Society, at Minter Field in Shafter, California. Slowly cruising at only 11 mph, it traveled a distance of 2,172 meters.

  • The Gossamer Condor 2 was built by Dr. Paul B MacCready and piloted by amateur cyclist and hang-glider pilot Bryan Allen.

  • The Gossamer Condor 2 aircraft is preserved at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

We all know that cooler air is right around the corner so take advantage of these nice days and get outside as much as possible. Test out those human-powered aircraft and make some history. summer breezes allow us to fly human-powered. In the event you lack a human-powered aircraft, flying a kite is always a good back plan.

The first United States patent for a waffle iron was issued to Cornelius Swarthout of Troy, New York on August 24, 1869.

In honor of this anniversary, National Waffle Day is observed each year on August 24th.

Eaten throughout the world, a waffle is a leavened batter or dough that is cooked between two plates that are patterned to give a characteristic size, shape and surface impression.

Waffles come in many forms. Depending on the type of batter or iron used, the resulting waffle vary by consistency, size, shape and flavor.

Waffle irons and waffles originated around the 14th century.

An anonymous husband penned the first known waffle recipe as a set of instructions for his wife.

According to the manuscript, Le Ménagier de Paris, each of the four recipes began:

  • Beat some eggs in a bowl, season with salt and add wine.

  • Toss in some flour, and mix.

  • Then fill, little by little, two irons at a time with as much of the paste as a slice of cheese is large.

  • Then close the iron and cook both sides.

  • If the dough does not detach easily from the iron, coat it first with a piece of cloth that has been soaked in oil or grease.

  • 1911 – First electric waffle iron introduced by General Electric.
  • 1953– Frank Dorsa’s Eggo Frozen Waffles are sold in Supermarkets for the first time.
  • 1964 – Belgian Waffles debut at New York’s World’s Fair.

Following are a few waffle recipes for you to make and share with your family and friends!

True Belgian Waffles
Classic Buttermilk Waffles
Apple Cinnamon Waffles
Banana Oatmeal Buttermilk Waffles
Best Chocolate Chip Waffles

National Banana Split Day is observed annually on August 25th!

Traditionally served in a long dish, called a boat, a banana is cut in half lengthwise and laid in the dish with scoops of vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream placed in between.

The strawberry ice cream is complimented with pineapple topping.

Chocolate syrup is poured on the vanilla ice cream and strawberry topping covers the chocolate ice cream.

Crushed nuts, whipped cream and maraschino cherries garnish the entire boat.

Today, there are many variations to the classic banana split.

A 23-year-old apprentice pharmacist at Tassel’s Pharmacy in Latrobe, Pennsylvania created the first banana split in 1904.

David Evans Strickler enjoyed inventing sundaes at the store’s soda fountain. His first “banana-based triple ice cream sundae” sold for 10 cents, double the cost of all the other sundaes.

In Strickler’s hometown of Latrobe, Pennsylvania, they proudly celebrate his creation with a festival annually in August.

In 2013, an official marker was placed at the site of the pharmacy where Strickler first made his famous banana split.

The United States Post Office honored the banana split and the town of Latrobe in 2016 with a 47-cent “forever stamp depicting the banana split.

It was one of five stamps in the “Soda Fountain Favorites” series.

For a time, Latrobe residents could receive a cancellation mark memorializing their claim to fame.

Each summer on the 26th of August, Popsicle lovers across the United States enjoy National Cherry Popsicle Day.

One evening in 1905, 11-year-old Frank Epperson mixed a batch of soda on his porch and left it with the stirring stick still in it for the night. It hit record low temps that night and he awoke to find….

To learn more and to get some tasty Popsicle recipes see my post “Popsicles… Where did they come from?”

Each year on August 27th it is National Just Because Day.

Feel free to celebrate this day any way you choose. Just because!

Every day we all do things that are expected or required of us or because we have to.

Well, on National Just Because Day, that does not apply.

This day is a chance to do something without rhyme or reason.

It could be that there is an outfit at the mall that you are admiring; buy it…just because.


Maybe you want to use a vacation day just to go fishing; do it…just because.


Perhaps you would like to pay the tab for the table next to you at your favorite restaurant; do it…just because.


Possibly you want to sing really loud while you’re in your car, by yourself, with your windows rolled down; do it…just because.


Surprise someone with flowers…just because!


Make something up…just because!


Or maybe, just maybe, do something just because Mom said so.

 

National Cherry Turnovers Day is observed annually on August 28th.

Cherry turnovers are a sweet pastry made by placing a cherry filling on a piece of dough, folding the dough over, sealing it then either baking it or frying it.

FUN CHERRY FACTS:

  • Related to plums, peaches, and nectarines, cherries are drupes or stone fruits.
  • Cherries were brought to North America in the 1600s by the English colonists.
  • There are more than 1,000 varieties of cherries in the United States.
  • There are an average of 44 cherries in one pound.

More National Cherry Holidays:

  • January 3rd is National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day.
  • April 23rd is National Cherry Cheesecake Day.
  • May 17th is National Cherry Cobbler Day.
  • September 24th is National Cherries Jubilee Day.

Try these recipes with your kids today!

Tasty Cherry Turnovers

Easy Cherry Turnovers

 

National Chop Suey Day is recognized each year on August 29.

Chop suey, which means “assorted pieces,” is a dish in American Chinese cuisine consisting of meat (chicken, fish, beef, prawns or pork) and eggs that are cooked quickly with vegetables (usually bean sprouts, cabbage, and celery) and bound in a starch-thickened sauce. Rice typically accompanies this delicious dish.

It is believed, by some, that chop suey was invented in America by Chinese Americans.

However, anthropologist E.N. Anderson concludes that it is based on tsap seui (miscellaneous leftovers) which is common in Taishan, a district of Guangdong Province.

Taishan is the home of many early Chinese immigrants to the United States.

Another account claims that chop suey was invented by Chinese American cooks that were working on the transcontinental railroad in the 19th century.

A tale is told of chop suey’s creation stemming from the Qing Dynasty Premier Li Hongzhang’s visit to the United States in 1896. According to the story, his chef wanted to create a meal that was suitable for both the Chinese and the American palates.

It has also been told that Li wandered to a local Chinese restaurant after the hotel kitchen closed, where the chef, embarrassed that he had nothing ready to offer, came up with the new “chop suey” dish using scraps of leftovers.

Another myth tells of an 1860s Chinese restaurant cook in San Francisco that was forced to serve something to the drunken miners after hours. To avoid a beating, having nothing fresh to offer, he threw leftovers in a wok and provided a makeshift meal to the miners. The miners loved the dish, asked him what it was called to which he replied, “Chopped Sui.”

Traveling to the United States in 1903, Liang Oichao, a Guangdong native, wrote that there existed a food item called chop suey which was popularly served by Chinese restaurateurs, but which local Chinese people did not eat.

Whatever is the true origin the fact is that it is very tasty. Take your family out for a nice Chinese dinner to celebrate Chop Suey Day.

On August 30 be sure to stock up on one of America’s favorite fire roasted treats. It’s National Toasted Marshmallow Day!

Get your friends together, gather up some firewood, a few long sticks and a bag of marshmallow and you have the makings of a great night ahead of you.

Toasted marshmallows are a special part of summer evenings around a bonfire.

One of the popular ways to enjoy a delicious warm, gooey toasted marshmallow is with chocolate and graham crackers in a S’more.

Upon personal preference, marshmallows are heated to various degrees from gently toasted to a charred outer layer.

The charred outer layer is achieved by igniting the marshmallow.

Marshmallows now come in a variety of flavors as well as sizes for maximum toasting opportunities.

National Toasted Marshmallow Day is sponsored by the National Confectioners Association.

Get the kids together and char some marshmallows together.

Observed annually on August 31, National Trail Mix Day honors the mix that was developed as a healthy snack to be taken along on hikes.

Trail mix is an ideal hike snack food because it is very lightweight, easy to store, nutritious and provides a quick energy boost from the carbohydrates in the dried fruits or granola as well as sustained energy from the fats in the nuts.

One claim to the invention is held by two California surfers, who in 1968 blended peanuts and raisins together for an energy snack.

However, in the 1958 novel The Dharma Bums written by Jack Kerouac, trail mix is mentioned when the two main characters describe the planned meals in preparation for their hiking trip.

Plan a short hiking trip with your family and pack a few bags of tasty trail mix to snack on along the way.

You can make your own trail mix using your favorite ingredients.

Many varieties of trail mix are available at your favorite grocery or convenience store.

 

I hope you have enjoyed the August Edition of Celebrating National Days with the Family.

If you found any fun things to do with your family from this list please let me know in the comments.

I hope everyone has a happy safe end of the summer. 🙂

Stay Cool.

Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.

63 Family Activities to beat the heat this Summer

We all know, the summer heat is not going away anytime soon. So, your kids may be spending a lot of their time inside the house.

Here are some DIY craft/activities to keep the kids busy.

12 DIY Crafts

-Wooden Peg Dolls are all the rage but it can get expensive to buy individual dolls, especially if you have more than one child. They are very easy to make and the materials are inexpensive. Check out this tutorial to make your own wooden peg dolls.

-Felt boards! A twist on paper dolls… Felt Monsters you don’t have to make them into monsters you can make princesses or knights and dragons. Your children’s imagination has no limits 🙂

-Homemade musical instruments… kids love making noise, what better way to teach them that with musical instruments? Tin Can Drums

-Choose your child’s favorite colors and make these cards. Craft Foam Sewing Cards

-These ABC Game Pieces are a fun learning tool for tracing or letter learning.

-Are you a mom of an infant? This is a great learning tool. Infant Sensory Boards Bright colors, a variety of textures, and fabric colors.

-Two words…. Homemade Playdough

-A Marble Run is a great way to prevent boredom. Hours of fun and laughter with this great activity.

-Make learning fun with this Sight Words Treasure Hunt. Somewhat like a scavenger hunt, but they are looking for letters to spell out the words.

-Always a winner with young children is Homemade Finger Paints.

-The Hot Air Balloon Craft is a really fun activity for kids and parents to enjoy.

-Tic-Tac-Toe is a fun game for everyone. Make this DIY game set out of durable fabric so you and your children can enjoy it time and again.

51 Activities for Hot Days

  1. Run through the sprinklers
  2. Visit a water park
  3. Take a picnic to the beach, Pack lots of cold, refreshing drinks.
  4. Visit an ice cream parlor
  5. Fill water toys with ice cold water and chase the family outside
  6. Go to the bookstore and browse all the great new releases
  7. Go to the movies
  8. Read a book together
  9. Make your own ice pops
  10. Rent a DVD or stream a Netflix movie for the whole family
  11. Let the kids have fun washing the car (with your supervision)
  12. Go to a Baseball game
  13. Help the kids set up a lemonade stand
  14. Go to a bowling alley
  15. Visit a local aquarium
  16. BOARD GAMES
  17. Box fans are great for robot voices
  18. Go to the library and show your kids your favorite old books
  19. Get the kids together and do a random act of kindness
  20. Get out the coloring books and color in silly ways
  21. Play a game of hide and seek
  22. Build a fort with pillows and blankets
  23. Do some baking
  24.  Get the kids interested in dusting by making it a game
  25. Dance (make up silly moves and have a contest)
  26. Learn a new song
  27. Have an indoor picnic
  28. Legos
  29. Have a tea party
  30. Make roads on the floor with painters tape and race toy cars
  31. Play kitchen and pretend to cook for each other
  32. Dress up       
  33. Put together a large puzzle (put it in a place where it can stay out for a while and work on it a bit every day)
  34. Create your own song with your kid’s toy instruments and encourage them to use their imaginations
  35. Sticker Collage (have the kids put stickers on paper n any way they want
  36. Take a nap (Hot air can make you very tired.  Drink a glass of water and then take a nap with the kids)
  37. Have a painting party with watercolors
  38. Play a card game
  39. Guess what? (put an object in a paper bag, and have your children close their eyes and they feel it and try to guess what it is)
  40. Grocery Store (let kids “shop” around the house and chek out with fake money)
  41. Go see some local indoor attractions
  42. Set up a small tent in the house and pretend to go camping
  43. Put on a puppet show
  44. Play with a train set
  45. Make a craft basket (anything that can be used to craft goes in the basket. whenever they are bored they can get the basket and make something
  46. Take silly pictures       
  47. Make shadow puppets on the wall
  48. Balloon toss (make sure the balloon doesn’t touch the ground
  49. Gather some medium sized rocks. Wash them and paint them into “pet rocks”
  50. Scavenger Hunt
  51. Push each of the kids around in the laundry basket (extra points for getting them to help with folding and putting away before the fun ride in the basket).

 

 

Extremely hot days can be boring for the kids. Hopefully, this list gave you some ideas for fun family activities to fight the boredom and the heat.

 

Is there anything not on this list that you like to do on those hot summer days?

Let me know in the comments and please share if you enjoyed this post.

 

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Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.

Days of the Month to Celebrate with Family: July

Days of the Month to Celebrate with Family: July

This has got to be my favorite month of the year. Not only because it contains my birthday AND Independence Day (which happens to be the same day).

I love July because there is so much life and fun outside.

The birds are singing. The squirrels and wild rabbits are out in droves. The dogs are running around with their families. The kids are outside actually enjoying the sunshine!

This is, in my opinion, the most wonderful time of the year.

Let’s see if we can have a little fun in the coming days of July.

 

July 1

National Postal Worker Day is observed annually on July 1st.  This is a day to appreciate and thank the numerous men and women who work consistently and diligently to deliver all of our mail and packages.  These employees suffer some of the harshest working conditions, yet continue to persevere six days a week.

Across the United States, postal workers walk an average of 4 to 8 miles carrying a full load of letters and packages and delivering them promptly to each of our doorsteps. They work in all kinds of weather including extreme heat and cold, rain and sleet and blizzards, too.

 

Besides severe weather, they have also dealt with unusual packages.  In 1913 the postal service started delivering packages up to a maximum 11 pounds.  The most surprising package to arrive for delivery was a small child.  Barely under the weight limit, James Beagle was mailed at a cost of 15 cents to his grandmother just a few miles away.  This practice continued for just over a year until the postmaster general was able to put regulations in place prohibiting it. 

Take time to thank your local postal worker. Encourage the kids to get the word out and make every postal worker’s day.  

National Postal Worker Day was established in 1997 by a Seattle-area carrier who wanted to honor fellow employees.

 

July 2

World UFO Day is an awareness day for people to gather together and watch the skies for unidentified flying objects. The day is celebrated by some on June 24, and others on July 2. June 24 is the date that aviator Kenneth Arnold reported what is generally considered to be the first widely reported unidentified flying object sighting in the United States, while July 2 commemorates the supposed UFO crash in the 1947 Roswell UFO Incident.

The stated goal of the July 2 celebration is to raise awareness of “the undoubted existence of UFOs” and to encourage governments to declassify their files on UFO sightings.

People are known for looking at the sky together during this day and doing other UFO themed activities. For instance watching UFO movies together even meditate in groups on the subject. The most important thing is that people collectively open their minds to the subject for one day. 

The World UFO Day Organization aka WUFODO organizes get-togethers in many countries. If you’d like to know if they organize something near you be sure to check out the World UFO Day Event map.

 

July 3

National Eat Your Beans Day is a “live healthy” holiday observed every year on July 3.  

This day celebrates the bean vegetable in all sizes, shapes, and colors.  Beans or legumes are one of the longest-cultivated plants dating back to the early seventh millennium BCE.

Now, just as throughout the Old and New World history, beans are a major source of protein.  A very healthy choice for any meal or snack, they are also an excellent source of fiber,  low in fat and high in complex carbohydrates, folate, and iron.

  • There are approximately 40,000 bean varieties in the world.
  • Only a fraction of these varieties are mass-produced for regular consumption.

To celebrate, enjoy a fava bean dip with goat cheese and garlic dip or black bean chili recipe.

Other than Independence Day and MY BIRTHDAY 🙂  

July 4 is also National Barbecued Spareribs Day.

One of the most popular days to barbecue and grill, July 4th will have the back yards, patios and beaches heating up and smoking with the flavors of spareribs.  These inexpensive cuts of pork or beef ribs can be seasoned with spice rubs or with sauces and slow cooked over low heat on the grill or in the oven.

Give this sparerib recipe or dry rub recipe a try and enjoy the Independence Day weekend! 

 

July 5

National Apple Turnover Day is observed on July 5.  To celebrate, enjoy this delicious American treat which was first served in the 19th century.

Also called hand pies because they are so portable, apple turnovers are a pastry made by placing apple filling on a piece of dough, folding the dough over, sealing it, then baking them. Although most turnovers are baked, they can also be fried. 

To celebrate National Apple Turnover Day, try this Apple Turnover recipe and share them with your family and friends. 

 

July 6

In the United States, National Fried Chicken Day is observed each year on July 6th.  On this day, fried chicken lovers across the country celebrate this American favorite at a nearby restaurant, home or an outdoor picnic.

After its introduction to the American South, fried chicken soon became a staple. Over time, seasonings and spices were added to enrich the flavor of the chicken.

Fried chicken is a dish that consists of chicken pieces which have been floured or battered then pan-fried, deep-fried or pressure-fried. The breading adds a crisp coating to the exterior of the chicken.

Traditionally the chicken is fried in lard.  However, corn oil, peanut oil, canola oil or vegetable oil are also frequently used.

To celebrate, try this fried chicken recipe!

Invite some friends over, make some fried chicken and get the kids involved in breading the chicken.

July 7

On July 7th, it is time to indulge on National Strawberry Sundae Day.  Each year on this day, Americans combine vanilla or strawberry ice cream, strawberry sauce, fresh strawberries and whipped cream.

Make several strawberry sundaes, and enjoy this delicious treat with friends and family.

Set up a strawberry sundae bar and invite the neighbors to make their own.

 

July 8

National Chocolate with Almonds Day is observed annually on July 8th. What a great combination to enjoy. It is also filled with added health benefits!

When it comes to adding almonds to chocolate, the options are plentiful. From cakes to chocolate bars, puddings to cookies we can celebrate National Chocolate with Almonds Day with snacks and desserts galore!

HEALTH BENEFITS OF ALMONDS:

  • reduce the risk of heart attack
  • lower ‘bad’ cholesterol
  • protects artery walls from damage
  • help build healthy bones and teeth
  • provide healthy fats and aid in weight loss
  • lower the rise in blood sugar and insulin after meals
  • help provide good brain function
  • nourish the nervous system
  • alkalize the body

To celebrate here is a Chocolate Almond Cake recipe for you to enjoy with your family.

 

July 9

Observed each year on July 9, National Sugar Cookie Day honors the ever popular and delicious sugar cookie.

A holiday favorite and very easy to make, sugar cookies are sure to disappear quickly once they come out of the oven.  Made with sugar, flour, butter, eggs, vanilla and either baking powder or baking soda, most people have the ingredients on hand at all times and can have the kids help make a batch on any day.  The fun just begins with cutting the dough with fun shaped cookie cutters and then getting creative by decorating with icing and sprinkles. 

The sugar cookie is believed to have originated in the mid 1700′s in Nazareth Pennsylvania.  It was there that the German Protestant settlers created the round, crumbly and buttery cookie that came to be known as the Nazareth Cookie.

To celebrate here is a sugar cookie recipe for you to make with your little ones.

 

July 10

Teddy Bear Picnic Day. Spend the lunch hour on a blanket under a shade tree with your Teddy Bear.

Stuffed Teddy Bears are a kids favorite. Children receive Teddy Bears early in their childhood. Children cling to them throughout their teenage years. Many bears are kept, even as you become an adult. As you read this article, many of you adults know exactly where your Teddy Bear is.

On this gorgeous summer day, take your teddy bear (or teddy bears) out for a day in the sun. It’s time for a Teddy Bear Picnic! Have mom make a few PB& J sandwiches, some cookies, and a jug of Koolaid. Take a  blanket out under a  shade tree, and enjoy lunch with your Teddy.

Origin of the “teddy bear”

During the early 1900s, President Theodore Roosevelt was in office as President of the United States. He was a hunter. While hunting in Mississippi in 1902, he refused to shoot a small bear. The Washington Post picked up on this story and made a cartoon of the event. Toy store owners, Morris and Rose Michtom, wrote to President Roosevelt for permission to call their stuffed animals “Teddy Bears”. Teddy bears became wildly popular. Their company went on to become the Ideal Toy Company, one of the largest toy companies in the world.

 

July 11

Whether it is for breakfast or a snack, blueberry muffins are melt-in-your-mouth delicious and are honored each year on July 11th, National Blueberry Muffin Day.

Give these blueberry muffin recipes a try!

 

 

July 12

Eat Your Jello Day is observed annually on July 12.

Jell-O, trademarked in 1897 by Pearle Wait of Leroy, New York in 1897, is the novel and fun dessert loved by millions. Francis Woodward, who later purchased the recipe and trademark, eventually made Jell-O a household name.With 21 different flavors, Jell-O satisfies every taste and can be enjoyed in numerous combinations.

Whether it is molded, layered, mixed with fruit or vegetables, Jell-O makes a flavorful dessert or salad that neither breaks a budget or a diet.

Give Jell-O recipes a try such as Judy’s Strawberry Pretzel Salad (I absolutely love this one)or this Applesauce Salad

 

July 13

Each year on July 13, many people will participate in National French Fry Day by enjoying one of the many varieties of the classic food.

French fries, also known as chips, fries, finger chips or French-fried potatoes, are batons of deep-fried potatoes and are common fixtures at fast food restaurants that are loved by adults and kids alike!

A wide selection of condiments such as ketchup, ranch dressing, vinegar, mayonnaise, honey mustard, cheese and many more compliment French fries. Sweet potatoes make an alternate, healthier offering of fries found on menus around the country.  Other varieties are baked and come in unusual shapes such as curls, waffles, crinkle or tornado cut.

The expression “French Fried Potatoes” first occurs in print in English in the 1856 work Cookery for Maids of All Work by E. Warren.

It is believed by some that the term “French” was introduced to the potatoes when the American soldiers arrived in Belgium during World War I and consequently tasted Belgian fries.  It is suggested that they called them “French” as it was the official language of the Belgian Army at that time.

To celebrate National French Fry Day, share some French fries with your kids and have them seasoned, cut and shaped how you like them.

 

July 14

One of the classic comfort foods earns a place of honor on July 14.  It is National Mac and Cheese Day!

Made with macaroni noodles, cream or milk, and the golden goodness of cheese, mac and cheese shines as a side dish but can stand on its own as a main dish as well. From the classic mac and cheese with cheddar or American cheeses to the spicy cowboy mac with bacon and jalapenos, there’s a combination for everyone.  Mix up the cheeses or load up on seasonings, set the broiler for a couple of minutes at the end of the cooking time and let the cheese get a nice toasty crust.

 

July 15

Most of us have the benefit of having more than we need to live. National Give Something Away Day on July 15 gives us an opportunity to share some of our bounty.  

Whether we choose to buy a meal for someone serving our community, donate new shoes or a coat to someone less fortunate or give flowers to brighten someone confined to their home, giving something away will have a positive impact.

In the spirit of National Give Something Away Day, consider paying for the coffee of the person behind you in line. Consider cleaning out your closet or garage and making a donation.  Make a donation to the local food pantry as well. 

HISTORY

National Give Something Away Day was submitted by Linda Eaton Hall-Fulcher. The Registrar at National Day Calendar declared National Give Something Away Day to be observed annually on July 15.

 

July 16 is National Corn Fritters Day! Corn fritters are tasty bites of fried or baked corn batter.

These bright crispy morsels make great additions to summer barbecues and backyard gatherings.  The main ingredients include corn, meal, egg, milk, and butter. While they may have originated in the south, corn fritters can easily be changed up with peppers, onions or herbs to give them regional and seasonal flair.

Paired with other vegetables and a pan-fried fish filet, these versatile cakes can be added to a lightly toasted bun for a unique fish sandwich.  Don’t look at this dish as just a side, but a functional part of a complete dish.  

Head to your local Southern-style restaurant or grab your frying pan to whip up some homemade fritters! Here are a grilled corn fritter and a fresh sweet corn fritter recipe for you to try.

 

July 17th is National Peach Ice Cream Day.

Fresh peaches are at their prime during the month of July.  So, it makes perfect sense to celebrate National Peach Ice Cream Day in July.

Grab your ice cream maker and get the kids to help. Invite your friends and neighbors over for an old-fashioned ice cream social!

 

July 18

On July 18 the lip puckering, eye-watering flavors enjoyed by children and adults alike are featured on this holiday. It is National Sour Candy Day!

In the candy world, sour candy is the young, energetic and fun member of the candy family. With its taste bud-awakening flavors, it adds a punch of youthful energy and a twist of fun to every flavor combination out there. Sour candy comes in a variety of fun shapes and sizes from chewy twists and ropes to sweet bite-sized pieces and straws which can be slipped into a favorite drink.

On National Sour Candy Day, instead of trying regular old candy, celebrate by trying sour candy. It’s like having a birthday and not getting any older!  If you’ve tried sour candy before, try a new flavor or finding out which one makes your mouth pucker the most! Will it be Cherry or Watermelon or maybe a combination of Tangerine-Lemonade? National Sour Candy Day on July 18th is the perfect day to share any of the variety of flavors the American Licorice Company has to offer.

Brighten up your families day with some sour candy 🙂

 

July 19

The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council has designated July as Hot Dog Month and July 19 as  National Hot Dog Day.

Over 25 million hot dogs are sold at baseball stadiums each year.

Whether they are grilled, boiled, broiled, pan-fried, rotisserie cooked, cooked on a stick over a campfire or any other way, hot dogs are a favorite summertime staple.  They are loved by children and adults alike plain or garnished with one or a combination of mustard, ketchup, onions, mayonnaise, relish, cheese, bacon, chili, or sauerkraut.

On May 31, 2012, a world record was set for the most expensive hot dog. The “California Capitol City Dawg” sold for $145.49 at Capitol Dawg in Sacramento, California.  

The “California Capitol City Dawg” features:

  • A grilled 18″ all-beef, in natural casing frank from Chicago
  • served on a fresh-baked herb and oil focaccia roll spread with white truffle butter, then grilled
  • topped with whole grain mustard from France, garlic and herb mayonnaise
  • sauteed chopped shallots, organic mixed baby greens, maple syrup
  • marinated/fruitwood smoked uncured bacon from New Hampshire
  • chopped tomatoes, sweetened dried cranberries, chopped tomato
  • expensive moose cheese from Sweden
  • basil olive oil/pear-cranberry-coconut balsamic vinaigrette and ground peppercorn
  • Proceeds from the sale of each 3 lb. super dog were donated to the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

7-Eleven sells the most grilled hot dogs in North America – 100 million annually.

Have a hot dog any way you want it and get the family together.

HISTORY

The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council created National Hot Dog Day.  The first National Hot Dog Day was established in 1991 to coincide with a hot dog lunch on Capitol Hill every year on the 3rd Wednesday in July.

 

July 20th, National Lollipop Day, is an annual observation of this popular and flavorful treat.

Ever delightful and sweet, lollipops have been satisfying the sweet tooth for generations and possibly for centuries. They may have been a way to preserve nuts and berries in honey during prehistoric times.  Much later when sugar was plentiful, lollipops appeared 16th century Europe.  

In the United States, confectionaries and medicine shops as early as the 1860s sold lollipops in various forms, but it wasn’t until 1908 that George Smith gave lollipops an official 20th-century story.   He gets credit for inventing the modern style lollipop and in 1931 trademarked the name which he claims came from his favorite racing horse, Lolly Pops.

They range from the small size, which can be purchased by the bag full and are also given away at banks, barber shops, and parades, to the very large ones that are made out of candy canes twisted into circles.

LOLLIPOPS IN POP CULTURE

1934 – In the movie Bright Eyes, Shirley Temple sang the song “On the Good Ship Lollipop”.

1939 – The Wizard of Oz brought us a world of characters, including the Lollipop Guild. Armed with a giant spiral sucker, The Lollipop Guild welcomed Dorothy to the Land of Oz.

1969 – How many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop. The Tootsie Pop (the trademark name for Tootsie Roll’s lollipop) commercial debuted on U.S. television. The 60-second commercial included a boy, cow, fox, turtle, owl and the narrator.

1973-1978 -The lollipop-loving detective, Kojak, from the TV series of the same name, softened the tough guy while at the same time, toughened up the lollipop.

Get the kids help to make some lollipops with this Jolly Rancher Lollipop Recipe

 

July 21

Each year on July 21st we observe National Junk Food Day.  This day is dedicated to the foods that everyone loves to snack on.  Junk foods by definition are usually high in fats, sugars, salt, and calories and contain very little nutritional value.

Celebrate by consuming your favorite junk food (in moderation). Have a junk food party with the kids where they make their own mix of chips, pretzels, and other junk food items.  You can also celebrate by taking a walk or doing some yard work to burn off those extra calories.

 

On July 22 relax in the shade and enjoy the summer day as it is National Hammock Day.

A hammock, used for swinging, sleeping or resting, is a sling made of fabric, rope or netting, which is suspended between two points such as posts or trees.

  • Developed by natives of Central and South America for sleeping.
  • Were later used aboard ships by sailors for comfort and to maximize space.
  • Early hammocks were woven out of the bark of trees. 

Hammocks are a symbol of summer, leisure, relaxation and simple easy living.  

Have fun trying to stay on a hammock. Make it a game with the kids and give points for how long they can stay on in different positions. It should make for a silly fun day with the family.

 

July 23

National Parents’ Day honors all parents on the fourth Sunday in July. 

In May we celebrated mothers, and in June we celebrated fathers.  It follows that in July we can bring all our parents together and show them some appreciation all at once.  Parents play a vital role in the lives of children.  From the day we are born, parents are our protectors, teachers, providers and role models.  As families, they are the core of our communities.  On National Parents’ Day, we honor all parents do every day to raise up their children in a world that is constantly changing and challenging.

Spend some time with your parents or visit someone who was like a parent to you.  

Milk this one for all its worth! Get the kids to do their chores with no arguments.

HISTORY

National Parents’ Day was established in 1994 when President Bill Clinton signed a Congressional Resolution into Law for “recognizing, uplifting, and supporting the role of parents in the rearing of children.”  The bill was introduced by Republican Senator Trent Lott. 

 

July 24

National Cousins Day is observed each year on July 24.  This is a day to let all of your cousins know how much you appreciate them.

Cousins often spend much time together at family reunions, holidays, birthday parties, weddings, anniversaries and many other countless family get-togethers.  They entertain each other, play and bond while adults are busy with other things.  Cousins often end up being lifelong friends.

Reach out to your cousins or get together with them to let them know they are important to you and your family.

 

July 25 is a day associated with carnival music and children’s laughter as we annually celebrate National Merry-Go-Round Day.

The merry-go-round (also known as a carousel) is an amusement ride that consists of a rotating circular platform with seats on it for its riders.  Its seats are traditionally in rows and are made up of wooden horses or other animals mounted on posts.  Many of they animals are made to move up and down to stimulate galloping and are accompanied by circus music.

-Names of the animals normally consist of Galloper, Jumper, Roundabout, Horseabout and Flying Horses.

Any rotating platform may also be called a merry-go-round. On a playground, it is usually a child-powered rotating platform with bars or handles to which children can cling while riding.

  • The earliest known depiction of the merry-go-round is in 500 A.D. in the Byzantine Empire, which depicts baskets, carrying riders, suspended from a central pole.
  • In the 1840s, Franz Wiesenoffer created the first merry-go-round in the United States in Hessville, Ohio. 
  • July 25, 1871 – The first carousel patent.

To celebrate, find a merry-go-round and have fun. They are not just for the kids, and there is a kid in all of us!

HISTORY

July 25 was chosen as the celebration day for National Merry-Go-Round Day as it coincides with the first United States patent that was issued for the modern carousel.  That patent was awarded to William Schneider of Davenport Iowa on July 25, 1871.

 

July 26

Aunt and Uncle’s Day is observed annually on July 26th.  Spending holidays together, special family times and sometimes sleepovers, aunts and uncles often hold a special place in our hearts. They fill our lives with fun, laughter, love and wonderful memories.  

National Aunt and Uncle’s Day provides an opportunity to spend time with those relatives we trusted and leaned on growing up.  It would be a good time to get out the old photograph albums and look through the pictures, reliving memories of earlier days around the Christmas tree or at the 4th of July picnic or maybe at the beach vacation that was spent with your special aunts and uncles.

To celebrate National Aunt and Uncle’s Day, give them a call, stop by for a visit, send them a card or a bouquet of flowers or maybe take them out for a nice dinner

 

July 27

Each year on the last Thursday of July, hot dog lovers across the United States top their hot dogs with delicious chili to participate in National Chili Dog Day.

Also known as chili con carne or a coney dog, chili dogs often have additional toppings such as onions, cheese, and hot sauce.  There isn’t a limit to the condiments or the heat that can be added to sausages.  Add a little or a lot!

Following are some chili dog recipes for you to enjoy:

 

 

July 28

July celebrates chocolate on the 28th, it is the ever popular National Milk Chocolate Day!  Solid chocolate when combined with either powdered, liquid or condensed milk, is known as milk chocolate.  The most popular of all candy bars sold contain milk chocolate.  Milk chocolate is also a popular ingredient in baking, in specialty coffee drinks and hot chocolate.

Milk had sometimes been used as an addition to chocolate beverages since the mid-17th century, but in 1875 Daniel Peter invented milk chocolate by mixing a powdered milk developed by Henri Nestlé with the liquor.  

Enjoy your favorite milk chocolate.  Create a special treat with one of these recipes:

 

July 29

National Dance Day is observed each year on the last Saturday in July.  Created as a day to raise awareness about and to encourage Americans to embrace dance as a fun and positive way to maintain good health and combat obesity.

National Dance Day achieved national recognition when in 2010, a long-time proponent of healthy lifestyles, American Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, introduced a National Dance Day resolution to promote dance education and physical fitness.

Turn on your children’s favorite song and dance around the living room and just be silly.

HISTORY

National Dance Day was launched in 2010 by  “So You Think You Can Dance” co-creator and Dizzy Feet Foundation co-president Nigel Lythgoe.

 

July 30

National Cheesecake Day is observed annually on July 30th.  Cheesecake is a delicious dessert that is loved by millions around the country.  It is a sweet dessert that is a mixture of soft fresh cheese, cream cheese or cottage cheese, eggs and sugar on a crust made from crushed graham crackers, crushed cookies, pastry or sponge cake.

Cheesecakes can be prepared baked or unbaked, can be flavored and are often served topped with fruit, fruit sauce, chocolate or whipped cream.  There are many flavors in which cheesecakes can be prepared, some of which are blueberry, strawberry, pumpkin, chocolate, key lime, lemon, orange, raspberry or toffee.

It is possible that an ancient form of cheesecake may have been a popular dish in ancient Greece.  It has been found that the earliest attested mention of a cheesecake is by Greek physician Aegimus, who wrote a book on the art of making cheesecakes.

James Kraft developed a form of pasteurized cream cheese in 1912.  In 1928, Kraft acquired the Philadelphia trademark and marketed pasteurized Philadelphia Cream Cheese which is now the most commonly used cheese for cheesecake.

North America has several different styles of cheesecakes:

  • New York-style cheesecake
  • Pennsylvania Dutch-style cheesecake
  • Philadelphia-style
  • Farmer cheese cheesecake
  • Country-style cheesecake
  • Lactose-free cheesecake
  • Cheesecake Kludys
  • Chicago Style Cheesecake
  • Savory cheesecake

 

July 31

National Raspberry Cake Day is jubilantly feasted each year on July 31.  A raspberry cake is a cool and refreshing dessert that is a summertime favorite around the United States.

Raspberries are the edible fruit of a multitude of plant species in the genus Rubus of the rose family.  The name also applies to the plants themselves.

  • Raspberries are woody stemmed perennials. 
  • Raspberries are widely grown in all temperate regions of the World.
  • Raspberries are a very important commercial fruit crop.
  • At one time, raspberries were a midsummer crop. However, with new technology, cultivars, and transportation,
    they can now be obtained year-round. 
  • An individual raspberry weighs 0.11 – 0.18 oz.
  • An individual raspberry is made up of about 100 drupelets.
  • One raspberry bush can yield several hundred berries a year. 
  • A raspberry has a hollow core once it is removed from the receptacle.
  • Raspberries are a rich source of vitamin C, manganese, and dietary fiber.
  • Raspberries contain vitamin B1, vitamin B3, folic acid, magnesium, copper and iron.

Enjoy the following  Raspberry Cake recipe and share it with your friends and family!

 

This is July’s edition of “National Days to Celebrate with the Family. I hope you enjoyed this months selection of day celebrations. Look out for next month’s post on the 26th of July.

Did you find a few things you would like to celebrate with your family? If so. let me know in the comments.

I hope you have a great summer with your family and friends!

 

 

 

Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.